They're involved in the distribution
Posted Jul 12, 2007 16:36 UTC (Thu) by sepreece
In reply to: They're involved in the distribution
Parent article: Microsoft's proclamation on GPLv3
"There's still the problmes of tivoization, webservices and patents. We're working on fixing those, GPLv3 is made primarily to combat these scenarios."
Hmm. While I know some people think they need defenses against those things and want to protect their software's freedom with those defenses, it's harder to see how those defenses help in fighting Windows. On the contrary, by limiting the ways GPLv3 software can be used in products and services, they potentially give Microsoft unopposed access to certain markets.
Saying "we don't want those markets, because they inherently deny freedom to users" is fine, so long as you recognize that Microsoft will be perfectly happy to run to the bank with the added business.
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